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October 23, 2013

County OKs tax bill mailings

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County is preparing to send out 2013 tax bill reminders and next year’s tax bills.

The commissioners yesterday approved two contracts for the bill mailings and reminders.

At the request of county Treasurer Richard Rapone, they agreed to spend $3,957.86 for sending reminders to property taxpayers that Dec. 31 is the deadline to pay this year’s taxes.

Of that amount, $2,538 will go to the postal service to cover the cost of mailing, $1,271.86 will go to Spring Hill Laser Services Corp. of Wayne County, and $1,48 will go to Evaluator Services and Technology Inc. of Greensburg.

At Rapone’s request, the commissioners also authorized hiring the two companies to prepare and send next year’s tax bills, which will be mailed in late February or early March.

That cost is not to exceed $31,255.60, Vogler said.

Of that amount, $21,120 will go for postage, $8,951.60 will go to Spring Hill and $1,184 to Evaluator Services and Technology.

The commissioners also transferred $15,000 from the county contingency fund to the county coroner’s line item to cover the costs of autopsies and postmortems.

“Apparently there has been a high number of death investigations this year,” Vogler said.

The commissioners also authorized the Lawrence County Juvenile Probation to solicit proposals to develop a parent training program for dealing with delinquent youth.

Carrie Hahn of Wilmington Township expressed concern about a proposed pipeline that will cross a portion of Lawrence County.

“We told her the county planning department and Lawrence County Conservation District monitor these things but the county has no authority to regulate this,” Vogler said.

The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. Oct. 29, but will not meet Nov. 5, which is Election Day.

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